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Records tumble at The King’s Academy sports days

Students have run, jumped and thrown their way into an academy’s history books after smashing 19 records on sports day, including one that has stood for 11 years.

Y8 girls 100mSam Byrne finally wiped out The King’s Academy Year 9 javelin record, set in 2004 by David McCabe, smashing the previous best distance of 31m by a further 3.11 metres. Sam also set a new record in the Year 9 discus.

But it was Robbie Ward who was the toast of the Coulby Newham academy’s two days of competition with a hat-trick of records in the Year 7 hurdles, long jump and 200m.

Close behind him with two new records each were Jacob Swan in the long jump and 100m and Steven Wheater in the Year 9 high jump and 200m.

Libby Hedger’s dominance of the 800m is complete with her new record of 2.52.81 in the Year 10 girls’ race ensuring a whitewash of consecutive records in the distance since she joined the academy in Year 7.

Sian Lee, Y8 200mShe also smashed the record in the Year 10 girls’ 1500m with a time of 5.48.88 to add to her Year 8 and Year 9 records set in 2013 and 2014.

Last year Alice Smailes broke the Year 9 girls’ shot record and this year she added to her tally by taking the Year 10 record as well with a throw of 8.68m.

Other new records were set by Year 8 students Courtney Johnson in the long jump, Matthew Hansen in the triple jump, Ben Ford in the 800m and hearing impaired student Robert Bishop in 300m.

In Year 9, the new record holders are Lucy Gaffney in the discus, Maia McLoughlin in the javelin and James Frazer in the 800m.

Principal Chris Drew said:

Once again our students excelled themselves over two days of high quality sport with some determined performances as they competed for individual honours and also contributed to their houses.

“Among the celebration of new records and individual talent, it was also wonderful to see the spectators encouraging all the competitors, cheering them home and making sure everyone was recognised for their effort.”

Hebrews was the house with the most new records, while the overall winning house was Medes.

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Dancer in international top three

A young dancer from Teesside has tapped her way on to the international stage by taking third place in a competition involving young people from 31 countries.

Lydia PeverellLydia Peverell, 12, from Marton, was among the top three in the solo tap dance category of the International Dance Federation World Championships held in Rimini, Italy.

She also came 12th in the modern dance section.

Lydia, who attends The King’s Academy, in Coulby Newham, trains five nights a week with Nadine’s Dance Company, in Hartlepool.

In Italy, she was part of Team England, which took third place overall, after auditioning and securing a place in the national squad last year.

It was the first time I’d been to Italy and it was really nice,” she said.

“I’ve been dancing since I was five and ballet is my favourite discipline. Eventually I’d like to be a dance teacher or perform in the West End,”

added Lydia, who was British Champion at ballet in the under-tens category in 2012 and has qualified for every national final since then.